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Back to Work is an award winning talk show with Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discussing productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more. Hosted by Merlin Mann & Dan Benjamin.

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    • Technology
    • 4.7 • 2K Ratings

Back to Work is an award winning talk show with Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discussing productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more. Hosted by Merlin Mann & Dan Benjamin.

    552: Youth is the Anomaly

    552: Youth is the Anomaly

    Dan has all the waiters singing at him, and Merlin tries to buy the non-existent SIMS 4 for the Mac.

    Main topic is considering how best to set up a device that provides structure and motivation without all that beeping, beeping, beeping.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    551: Life Is for Using

    551: Life Is for Using

    DISCUSSED: Your hosts talk about music, Apple Watch, and getting out of your kid's way. Also: life and MacBooks Pro.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    550: Ampersands and Raisins

    550: Ampersands and Raisins

    DISCUSSED: Dan and his son are up to Daniel Craig in their Bond journey, and this leads to an exploration of how our feelings about movies and their characters can change over time; considering the media you're scared to rewatch since it's probably not as good as you remember; your hosts dive further into browser extensions and why they're so critical to filtering your world.








    The Leftovers




    Neil Breen




    License to Clown

    • 1 hr 39 min
    549: A Typical Feisty Boy Child

    549: A Typical Feisty Boy Child

    DISCUSSED: Exploring rural voices; the things that kids (and we) have had stolen away over the past couple years; what movie would get your butt back into a cinema seat?; an opinionated dive into Safari's new approach to tabs (and why it feels so concerning); and, finally, Merlin shares a bunch of Safari extensions that do new stuff—or do old stuff in a cool or interesting way.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    548: The Results of This Dog

    548: The Results of This Dog

    DISCUSSED: Merlin considers a black market medical purchase; the anatomical anomalies of the problematic sleeper are considered; some favorite YouTube finds are discussed; and, finally, your hosts begin scratching the surface of iOS 15's many clever and life-enhancing new features.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    547: Backyard Butt Doctor

    547: Backyard Butt Doctor

    Dan and Merlin almost talk about iOS 15.

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings

instanttaylor ,

Still great after all this time.

The degree of difficulty of having a podcast for 10 years and keeping it relevant and interesting is high. I think Dan and Merlin have been able to do this by basically just being themselves. I’ve listened since episode 1 during an interesting work transition in my life and never looked back.

MicrophoneMixer ,

Unsubscribing [title]

We get it. Merlin is eccentric.

CatOne_ ,

Dan and Merlin gonna get PAID

The last year or two are driven by how many ad spots they’ve sold. The rest of the show is just random Merlin babble to fill the time they need to space out the ad reads.

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